Sunday, 19 May 2013

Take one stencil ....

...two Size 10 tags and some Grunge Paste... Leandra from Paperartsy recently made some more videos demonstrating grunge paste - check them out via her blog here   Some of these techniques I've tried before, but if it's new to you, take some time to watch them.

I started with the tag on the left - painted it with snowcap paint, then a very light brushing of ice blue.

Took the mini Cornflower stencil and stencilled Beach Hut fresco paint, the flowers.  I used the flowers fairly randomly over the tag.

Next, mix some grunge paste on your craft mat and mix in some paint (I used Beach Hut again).  On the tag on the left, I just over-stencilled the largest of the flowers (masking off the others).    On the second tag I used the rest of the tinted paste, as shown.

 Using aquamarine archival ink, I rolled the criss-cross stamp (Tim Holtz's mixed media set) without using a block to get partial stamping, randomly over the tag.  The colour wasn't quite right so I washed over a mix of the ice blue/snowflake to tone it down into the background.

Then took a script stamp (Paperartsy, from ID09EZ) and tumbled glass distress ink, again stamped it without using a block.
I painted a spare piece of kraft card stock with ice blue and snowcap paints, then stamped the Paperartsy Mini 90 in black archival.  Inked the edges with vintage photo distress (which I also used round the tag) and cut it in half as shown, inking the cut edges too.

Finished with some pale bluey-white fibres

 The second tag, I took out my Treasure Gold pots.  (this was the first tag I actually completed of the two) based on Leandra's videos, I brushed all of my colours randomly over the tag. I have, Spanish Topaz, Indigo, Aquamarine and White Fire, plus an un-named one which is a pinky-purple (it was a limited edition one a few of us were lucky enough to 'grab' at Ally Pally)

It would have been MUCH easier with a bigger brush but I didn't have a spare, clean one I could use. Leandra recommends keeping a brush dedicated for Treasure Gold, so I'll be going shopping soon!

Anyhow, covered the whole tag, then sanded back the flowers, to get back to the tinted grunge paste.
To finish the tag, I took a Kraft paper chain (I got these from Ally Pally too, several years ago) one side has aquote on them, the other is a ruler.  I stuck this to the tag using double sided tape, then gave it a light coating of fresco paint (Stone) to knock back some of the kraft colour and stamped one of my Donna Downey stamps on top (see next photo for a better look)


It needed something at the bottom, so I rummaged in my stash and found an oval watch face (that I picked up at - you guessed it - Ally Pally - in a pack of the same) and glued it onto a piece of Kraft scrap on which I'd stamped another Donna Downey stamp.  I sponged a little Chocolate Pudding paint round the edge of the watch part to hide the Kraft edges and blend it in.
Tied some fibres to the tag (they were a bit too 'clean' so grunged the creamy colour with some walnut stain distress ink.

So, one stencil, two tags, two very different looks (hope you're still with me!!)


Julie Ann Lee said...

Two beautiful and effective tags; that stencil looks gorgeous with Grunge Paste. Lovely embellishments too. I am determined to try to get to Ally Pally in September, my birthday month!!!

flutterbycrafter said...

Two gorgeous tags, yet so different, stunning Helen xx

inkypinkycraft said...

looks great been a funny week so apologies that i am late, hugs trace x

Carol Q said...

they're gorgeous Helen especially the contrast of the chocolate pud against the blue cornflower.

Steven AKA Pink Elf said...

Wel done Helen, brilliantly executed..

Lin said...

yep stil with you..what do you mean all you've got to show for!! Two great tags the treasure gold one looks fab and the blue one is my fav of my fav stencils too!!

butterfly said...

Wow, wow, Helen - two amazing tags, and a brilliant post taking us through their creation. The patina on that Treasure Gold one is just glorious (that's a Leandra video I've not seen, so will definitely go in search), but I also love the elegant simplicity of the first (or second in the completing) one... Brilliant makes!
Alison xx

Frea Konings said...

Hi Helen, love your tags, and I love that you share with us how you made it. I browsed your blog and just love all the great stuff you create, thanks for the inspiration. I did become your follower. I've just started my own mixed media blog, so I'm a newby and am always looking for inspiration. Would love it if you would pay me a visit too. Here's the link:
Hugs Frea

sam21ski said...

How did I miss these, great tags and the treasure gold looks fabulous

Sam xxx

Michelle Webb said...

Wow,this is truly amazing Helen, I love what you did and the results are brilliant. Michelle x

Brenda Brown said...

Fabulous work Helen, particularly that second tag, love it.
hugs {brenda} x0x